There are many uses for lemons as we all know, but still a lot of people often ignore how useful it is when it comes to keeping your home clean and fresh. Many people will try to avoid using lemons because of how acidic they are, but this isn’t a bad thing! Just think about the time you spend trying to cut grease from dishes. Lemons will make that job easy for you. At the end of the day why wouldn’t you use lemons to clean? Its scent is fresh and energizing, they’re cheap and super easy to get a hold of. Here is a list of ways to use lemons to its full advantage and without worry of eroding your expensive furniture.
CLEAN GLASS & MIRROR
Sure you can clean literally everything with vinegar, including glass and mirrors. But, in all honesty, a little too much vinegar fumes can leave you feeling a little dizzy; it isn’t the most pleasant of smell after all. An even better alternative to cleaning glass and mirrors, you guessed it, is the yellow little gem. All you need for a sparkling finish is to mix 3-4 tablespoons of lemon juice to a generous cup of water and then pour it into a spray bottle. Shake the bottle to mix the solution well and spray down glass surfaces and mirrors. Using a microfiber cloth, wipe away the solution, it’s that simple!
TOILETS AND SINKS
Not the most pleasant of tasks but it has to be done. Getting rid of that ring in your toilet bowl can be a tough job, but with lemon juice and some salt you can say goodbye to that stubborn stain in a flash. Juice your 2-3 lemons into a bowl and then pour the juice into the toilet, leave it to soak for 30 seconds then throw in a dash of salt around the sides of your toilet bowl. Now use a hard bristle brush to give the toilet a good scrub and see the stain loosen easily. For extra stain removal power you can always add bleach afterwards!
THE KETTLE SCALE
Nobody really thinks to clean out the kettle because, well, no germs can survive the hot water anyway, right? Wrong! If you‘re a tea enthusiast and use your kettle a lot then you will most likely need to descale your kettle. To do this, add one cup of lemon juice to 2 cups of water and boil the mix in your kettle. Leave it to cool down and then rinse out, your kettle should be sparkling clean and sanitised!
One of the worse things to clean! It’s fiddly and no matter how hard you try, there are always bits of cheese and other foods stuck to the inside and in nooks you can’t scrub properly. Here’s a simple solution, cut your lemon in half and grate away. Lemon juice will be able to break down the protein build up from dairy products and this will make it easier to clean your grater. Make sure to do this on the inside of the grater too!
MICROWAVE ODOR AND STAINS
Trying to find the best angle to scrub the inside of your microwave can be frustrating. An easy way to loosen up those food splatters and get rid of the smell is to use lemon to clean it out. You don’t need to scrub either, just let the natural goodness of the lemon do its job. Simple squeeze 1 lemon into a bowl of water, soak the rest of the lemon in the bowl and then place the bowl inside the microwave, blast up the power and let the microwave run for 3-5 minutes. The steam and splatters from the lemon juice mix will loosen food bits from your microwave and will also deodorise nasty smells.
Cleaning with lemon is a great way to tackle grime and smell at the same time, it’s no wonder most cleaning products contains lemon extract. A lot of good oils come from the lemon skin itself, so if you plan to stock up on your lemon and water concoction, it might be an idea to soak the squeeze lemon in its own mixture first to let the oil seep into the solution.